The North Launceston Football Club awarded life memberships to three people whose names are synonymous with the red and black at their best-and-fairest presentation evening on Friday.
Club president Thane Brady, premiership coach Zane Littlejohn and ruckman Daniel Roozendaal, who announced his retirement from TSL football at the end of the season, were all recipients of the award.
Brady has served as Northern Bombers president since 2010 and under his administration the club has returned to the top of state football.
“I love this club and have spent the majority of my life here and don’t intend to change,” Brady said in his acceptance speech.
“I am really grateful that the club saw fit to offer me the life membership and it’s something I will be very proud of and I know my family will be.”
Brady’s involvement with North Launceston started as a player in under-12s in 1978 and he continued on to play under-19s, reserves and senior football with the club until 1987. He coached junior teams from 2008-12 and served on junior and senior club committees from 1997-99 and 2008-09.
Roozendaal started at North as a 16-year-old in 2001 playing a season of under-18s and two of seniors before a couple of stints away in the NEFU playing with Bridport, Branxholm and Scottsdale – returning to the Bombers in 2013.
The 2014 TSL Alastair Lynch and Darrel Baldock Medallist, was honoured to bring up his 150th senior game and qualify for life membership in July.
Littlejohn joined North Launceston from Latrobe as a player while studying at university and played 50-plus games between 2008-10.
He coached the under-18s to a state premiership in 2010 before becoming senior coach in 2012, taking North to three successive TSL grand finals from 2014-16 and winning two premierships.